11/18/2011

Reformed?

Part of the problem is that the current revival in reformed theology is not actually a revival in Reformed theology. Adherence to five or, more frequently, four points of Calvinism is that which qualifies one as reformed these days and thus as part of the movement. Yet such adherence leaves massive and important areas of theology and church life undecided. A movement built on such minimal agreement is a movement whose strength and unity depends to a large degree on sleight of hand or at least on pretending that much else can be filed under `Agree to differ.' - Carl Trueman



I believe in the system of religion outlined in the Westminster Standards, the Westminster Confession of Faith and Larger and Shorter Catechisms. Those detailed statements of the Christian faith ask and answer many questions about the Bible and theology. All of the things mentioned in them are important.

Relatively few of the so-called “new Calvinists” hold to a robust statement of faith such as this one. Some “new Calvinists’” statement of faith can be written on one double-spaced, 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper.

I do not believe that a person with a simplified statement of faith is truly "reformed."

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